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Track Lighting Buying Guide

Equally adept at lighting small spaces and big rooms, track lighting is adaptable as well as easy to install. It’s also a great solution for some of those hard-to-light areas—long hallways, for example—and options exist to fit nearly every budget.

Types of Track Lighting

Types of Track Lighting

Although most often mounted on ceilings, track lighting can also be placed vertically or horizontally on walls. As you review types of track lighting, consider several key differences that affect how you use and place the fixtures, the light they produce, and the difficulty of installation. Those factors include the type of track, the voltage available, and the track heads, also called light sources.

Types of Track

The track hides the electrical source and enables you to place track heads, or light sources, at various points along the track. The track is typically a monorail, which is a long, straight piece of track, or a flexible rail, which can be curved.

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ProTrack

Scrolls extend from the center overlaying curled branches that support the light heads. Tea Stained glass is paired with bronze fo...r warm appeal. Bronze finish. Tea Stained glass. Includes three 50 watt halogen bulbs. Ceiling canopy is 5" wide. 23" wide. 7" high. read more

ProTrack

Add a modern lighting fixture to your contemporary or transitional home. Featuring clear glass cylinders with frosted inner glass ...that diffuse the light perfectly, this fixture is incredibly clean and sleek. Chrome finish. Clear glass with frosted inner glass. Takes four 40 watt G9 halogen bulbs (included). 26 1/4" wide. Extends 8 1/2" from the ceiling. Adjustable heads are 6 1/2" long. Canopy is 7 1/2" wide, 5" deep, extends 1". read more

Power Source

Some track lighting can be found in low-voltage systems, while others have line voltage. Simply put, in order to convert electricity, low-voltage track lighting requires a transformer as part of the system, while line voltage systems can simply be plugged or wired into existing electrical outlets or wiring. Additionally, track lighting may also be powered by batteries.

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Track Heads

Track lighting is also distinguished based your choice of track heads, or light sources. Track heads come in various styles from pendantlike heads to contemporary and traditional versions. No matter which type you choose, the heads adjust as needed along the track.

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Nuvo Lighting
$13.99-$15.99
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Nuvo Lighting TH321 Single Light MR16 120V Gimbal Ring Track Head in White Finish Nuvo Lighting TH321 Features: Finished in White ...Requires (1) 50 Watt GU10 Base Halogen Bulb MR16 Gimbal Ring Metal Shade Light Direction: Up / Down - Light from this fixture illuminates both upward and downward Nuvo Lighting TH321 Specifications: Product Dimensions: 2.25"H x 2"W UL Listed for Dry Locations 120 Volts 50 Total Watts 0.42 Amps Founded in 1966, Satco is a well-known premier supplier of lighting products. With the company?s keen understanding of the lighting industry, and after three years of development, Satco launched Nuvo Lighting on June 23, 2005. Nuvo Lighting is uniquely poised to become an industry leader, with the sales and distribution resources of Satco Products, combined with the finely-conceived and well-crafted products that deliver style, value and quality. read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Many track lighting fixtures are an easy do-it-yourself installation project. But before you make a purchase and pull out the drill and screwdriver, evaluate how the track lighting fixture fits in with your decorating style and with other fixtures in the room. Other decisions affecting your purchase include size of fixture, the power source, and mounting spot.

Light Combinations

Track lighting by itself is typically not enough illumination to adequately light a room. Figure out how your track lighting will work with other light sources so you provide enough light for various activities.

Style

The track and track heads, or light sources, work together to create a style that complements your decor. Consider both material and profile as you evaluate style.

Size

Track heads and tracks are available in a range of sizes, giving you options based on both the room size and the lighting presence in your room.

Mounting Spot

Track lighting can be mounted on the ceiling or wall; make sure the track lighting you choose doesn’t have any placement restrictions that prevent you from installing it in the chosen location.

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Juno
$55.89 $69.98
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Add bright illumination to your home with this step cylinder track light from Juno Lighting. Finished in a classic white adding ve...rsatility to this design. Perfect for kitchens, living rooms, and workspaces. White finish. Step cylinder track light. For use with Juno track systems. Black baffle. Takes one PAR38 45 watt bulb (not included). 6" wide. 6 1/2" high. read more

Juno Step Cylinder 6" Wide White Track Light
Juno
$44.95 $56.99
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This Low voltage round back from Juno offer precise control and energy efficiency for accent lighting and display applications. 90...? vertical aiming capability and 358? rotation. Includes electronic transformer with on/off switch . Takes a 50 watt MR-16 bulb (not included). It measures 2 1/4" diameter and 3 3/4" deep. White finish. Takes a 50 watt MR-16 bulb (not included). 3 3/4" high. 2 1/4" in diameter. read more

Juno Round Back Low Voltage White Track Light
ProTrack
$79.95 $99.99
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Stylish Pro Track? ceiling light fixture comes with changeable blue and amber glass. A great look for kitchen office lighting. The... three bullet lights can be used to light plants, work areas and more. Stainless steel finish. Blue and amber glass. Uses three 50 watt MR16 bulbs (included). 11" wide. read more

Pro Track 150 Watt Three Light Halogen Ceiling Fixture
Lightolier
$115.95 $144.99
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Lightolier track light for all Lytespan track systems; does not mount on ProSpec track. Features a class two electronic transforme...r, aluminum construction and a baked enamel black finish. Takes one MR16 50 watt halogen bulb (not included). 4 3/4" high. 5 1/2" wide. Black finish. Takes one MR16 50 watt halogen bulb. 4 3/4" high. 5 1/2" wide. read more

Lightolier Alcyon MR16 Step Spot Track Light
WAC
$71.95 $89.99
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The perfect addition to any room with track lighting, WAC's aiming track light has a brushed steel finish with a black base. The s...leek light allows you to adjust it in any way you like. Made by WAC for use with Juno low voltage track systems. Brushed steel finish. Black finish connector base. Adjustable track light head. Made by WAC for use with Juno line voltage track systems. Takes one 50 watt MR16 bulb (not included). 3 7/8" wide. 4 3/4" high. 1 3/4" deep. read more

WAC Brushed Steel Aiming Track Light for Juno Track Systems
WAC
WAC Lighting

In a track lighting system, the WAC Lighting Galileo Track Head rotates 365 degrees and tilts 45 degrees for precisely projected l...ight. Regardless of the direction of the lens, the sleek cylindrical profile remains unaltered. Available as a flood or spotlight, and in a variety of finishes, color temperatures and track system compatibilities. WAC Lighting, founded in 1984, has developed a strong reputation for high quality decorative and task lighting. Based in Garden City, New York, WAC Lighting is a leading manufacturer of low voltage, line voltage and LED lighting, including track systems, transformers, lamps, cabinet lighting and recessed downlights. read more

Galileo Track Head by WAC Lighting by WAC Lighting - Clear - Black - H - Spot - 4000 - H-LED610S-CW-BK
Lightolier
$90.95 $114.91
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Use this Lightolier Alcyon Step Spot track head for reliable and economical task, accent and wall washing applications. A "Lamp Fo...rward" design improves lamp access and simplifies re-lamping. Die cast aluminum construction. Full horizontal rotation. Black finish. Takes one PAR 20 bulb (not included). 6 7/8" high. 4 7/8" wide. read more

Lightolier Alcyon Step Spot Black PAR 20 Track Light
ProTrack
$79.95 $99.99
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Clean, cool and contemporary, this eye-catching wave bar track light kit provides instant glamour and visual appeal. It comes in a... crisp, brushed steel finish and features four lights, each of which is fully adjustable. A great look for kitchen lighting, offices and more. Line voltage. Brushed steel finish. Wave-shaped track bar. With 4 halogen lights. Fully adjustable bullet lights. Includes four 50 watt GU10 halogen bulbs. 31 1/2" long. Extends 8" from ceiling. Bullet lights measure 3" wide, 4 1/4" length. read more

Pro Track 200 Watt Four Light Mini Wave Bar Fixture
Juno
$39.95 $49.99
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This gimble ring track features a sleek white finish and a low voltage electronic transformer head. Update an older track lighting... system, or add to a new one! See below for compatible Juno track light components. White finish. Low voltage electronic transformer. Takes one 20-50 watt MR16 bulb (not included). 2" wide. 2" deep. read more

Juno Gimble Track Bullet Light
WAC
$86.90 $108.98
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Illuminate your artwork or pictures with this WAC framing projector. The self-contained electronic transformer will work with most... standard incandescent dimmers. Made by WAC for use with Lightolier line voltage systems. White finish. Black clip adjusters. Made by WAC for use with Lightolier line voltage systems. Works with most incandescent dimmers. Takes one MR16 halogen bulb (not included) 180 degree vertical tilt. 8" long. read more

WAC Framing Projector Track Light for Lightolier Track Systems
WAC
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